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#1 Old 10-03-2004, 07:59 AM
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Basmati Rice and Mung Bean Khichari by ayurmay

Category: Main Dishes - Rice

This recipe is suitable for a: vegetarian diet.



1/2 cup mung dhal (split, hulled mung beans)

1/3 cup Basmati rice

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 - 3/4 tsp turmeric

1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil

1/2 tsp whole cumin seed

1 pinch hing (asafetida) (optional)

1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger root

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro

4-6 cups pure water (more water means thinner consistency)

Rock or sea salt to taste

A cup of diced, steam-cooked vegetables and greens



Wash and soak the mung dhal in hot water for a couple of hours. Then wash the dhal again with the Basmati rice in 2-3 changes of water. Drain. In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the ghee or oil. Add the hing and the cumin seeds. When the mixture releases its aroma, add the dhal-rice mixture. Sauté for a couple of minutes; then add the water. Toss in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cardamom and ginger and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium to medium-low heat, stirring often, until the dhal and rice are soft and mushy (about 40-45 minutes). The consistency should be that of porridge when done. Add the steamed greens and vegetables, salt and lemon juice, and mix well. Remove from heat. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve warm.

Additional comments:


Khichari is a light, easy-to-digest one-dish meal that is recommended by ayurvedic healers as the ideal nourishment for all body-types when your digestion is below par. The simplest version is made just with mung dhal and Basmati rice. You can add diced steamed vegetables and greens for a more colorful and complete meal.

Ghee is clarified butter.

Ayurveda suggests cooking for one's constitution and body type for the best impact on health and energy.

To find out more about ayurvedic cooking and recipes, visit

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